January

28

2020

Cold Weather Freezes Body and Soul

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   With a deep freeze on our doorstep, many people are turning their attention to the needs of the homeless. At Siloam Mission we get dozens of calls per day from caring Manitobans wanting to know how the cold weather […]

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January

28

2020

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December

30

2019

A Paycheque Means So Much More Than Money

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   I’m often asked what’s the best way to end homelessness. The answer is complicated. But at the most basic level, we know that we can end homelessness in three steps. First, we need to help people deal with their […]

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December

30

2019

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November

30

2019

Good Will to All is the Greatest Gift

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   I dread this time of the year. It’s not that I don’t like the Christmas season. In fact, it’s one of my favourite holidays and gives me hope every year. It’s not the fact that the football season is […]

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November

30

2019

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August

30

2019

Manitoba Rallies Around People

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press **   It’s been said Manitoba is the hardest place to get someone to move to — and also the hardest place for someone to leave. I believe it. While the prairies aren’t usually known for their majestic landscapes or cosmopolitan […]

August

30

2019

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August

01

2019

An Open Invitation

One of the most heartbreaking revelations of the final report on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry is the constant threat Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people have to live with. It’s clear that, no matter the setting or region in Canada, security is a key concern for the overwhelming majority of […]

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August

01

2019

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June

19

2019

Begin at the Beginning

By Jim Bell, CEO ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** How can we end homelessness in Winnipeg? It’s one of the most frequent questions I get asked. For a long time I didn’t have a clear answer. So I would reply by saying homelessness is a complex issue; that there […]

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June

19

2019

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March

20

2019

Calling All Villagers

By Jim Bell, CEO **This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press**   There’s an adage that says it takes a village to raise a child. Nowadays, it often gets misinterpreted. The proverb was never meant to say that the entire village is responsible for raising that child. It simply means that an entire […]

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March

20

2019

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January

30

2019

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”

By Jim Bell CEO, Siloam Mission Every year, more people are coming to us for help. The numbers don’t lie – there is a very real homelessness crisis in Winnipeg. Most who end up at our door struggle with unimaginable trauma, leading to mental breakdown, unemployment, loss of health and the will to fight any […]

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January

30

2019

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January

21

2019

Let’s Talk About Winter

By Jim Bell, CEO – Siloam Mission Cold weather means trouble for those experiencing homelessness. Given that we’re in the thick of it right now, let’s talk about winter. Even though Siloam Mission’s year-round Clothing Room offers donated items such as coats, mitts, socks, and toques free of charge to those who need, we all […]

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January

21

2019

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January

16

2019

For everything there is a season

John White fondly remembers a childhood marked by a love of hockey, art and writing. “In Grade 7, I came in third in all of Canada in writing,” he says. “I used to get up and help the teacher teach writing.” But John’s story is also marked by things he was forced to leave behind, […]

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January

16

2019

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